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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Silversun Pickups, Marcus King, Brooke Annibale, Ben Harper, Pool Kids now in our New Music bin

Silversun Pickups: Scared Together

Like so much of today's music, the songs on the LA band's sixth album, Physical Thrills, were written during the pandemic. It's pretty clear how that inspired this song - which frontman Brian Aubert says “is about becoming close and intimate with someone through hardship. Being thrown into something quite frightening brings out some shared qualities that connect them.” The album, produced by Butch Vig, is due in a few weeks.

Marcus King: Blood on the Tracks

Here's the latest single from the upcoming Young Blood, King's second album in collaboration with Dan Auerbach. The track features "a swampy groove, gritty guitars and a thumping bass sound," writes Rock & Blues Muse. King says the song "essentially tells the story of moving forward or being taken down by the trouble you are facing - catching the train, or the bloodier alternative.” (No relation, it seems, to the Dylan album title.)

Brooke Annibale: Better By Now

The title track from the singer-songwriter's latest album is another reflection on the pandemic and social turmoil: "This last year took / A while lot of life out of us." In a Facebook post, Annibale says: "Sure, this song is inspired by world events, but it’s also deeply personal and about my journey with mental health. ... Reflecting on that time, I think it taught me that expecting a perfect external outcome will not make me feel better. I’ve got to do the internal work to have any kind of peace with the roller coaster of life."

Ben Harper: Where Did We Go Wrong

On his new album, Bloodline Maintenance, Harper blends the personal ("More Than Love") and the political ("We Need To Talk About It," namely, slavery's stain on America.) AllMusic writes that "most of the record finds social commentary and soul intertwining in a smooth, vibrant fashion reminiscent of the prime Curtis Mayfield albums of the 1970s." We definitely hear that influence in this track, with perhaps a lyrical echo of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

Pool Kids: Comes in Waves

This Florida-based band, which grabbed our attention last month with the single "That's Physics, Baby," has just released its self-titled second album and broken out another single, "Arms Length." We'll give that raucous track some play, but we're picking this relatively dreamy number for our New Music bin.

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